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Ruffled Ribbon Tote Bag

I will admit it…I’m a makeup junkie. Somehow, I’m always lured into buying more stuff, because they will “throw in” a cute tote. I realized I have way too many totes that have never been used…so, it was time for May Arts Ribbon to come to the rescue. And by using a tote that I already had, it saved me from having to get out my sewing machine. This is also a great idea if you have a tote that has printing on it, that you would like to cover over.

Ruffled Ribbon Tote Bag

My tote was plain denim – so it was just begging for ribbons to make it special. I already told you I didn’t want to have to pull out my sewing machine, so instead, I opted for the hot glue gun. I started with the top ruffle, and put a bead of glue along the edge, and finger pleated the ribbon as I went. 1 yard of ribbon for each row was plenty to create the ruffles. As I worked down the rows, I just made sure that the top row overlapped the one I was adding.

Ruffled Ribbon Tote Bag

This was the perfect way to upcyle and restyle a very boring tote.

By Gini William Cagle


May Arts Ribbons Used:


Other Supplies Used:

Hot Glue Gun

Denim Tote

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  1. Nikki c

    What a great way to up cycle a bag and make it useful again looks fantastic

  2. TracyM #6773

    BEAUTIFUL makeover Gini!!!
    LOVE the ruffles and LOVE that it’s a “no sew”!!!


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